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Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă, working meeting with representatives of energy producers and suppliers



Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă had today a working meeting with representatives of energy producers and suppliers. The dialogue is part of a series of consultations initiated by the Government regarding the package of measures that the Executive is preparing to protect the citizens, support the business sector and maintain jobs in the context of the energy crisis.

Prime Minister presented the solutions currently under consideration by the Government: capping energy prices for final domestic and industrial consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises, while raising the consumption ceiling to which that incentive applies, facilitating the application of an energy bill reduction system for universities and other educational institutions, hospitals, cultural and religious organisations, social service providers, public institutions, and NGOs.

These measures will be included in a legislative document that will be soon submitted to the Government for consideration and approval.

„We have seen low-income families, institutions, representatives of religious denominations, social centres being issued very high bills. The state has a responsibility to protect the people and to intervene in this respect. I am asking you to remedy the problems and those who got to suffer in November, December and January, should have the bills recalculated and the mistakes fixed. Recalculate the bills and make sure people do not pay more for billing errors. The Government's measures will avoid people getting cut off from energy supply for miscalculated bills or having to pay undue penalties," Prime Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciucă has stated.

At the meeting, ways in which offsetting and capping schemes currently in place for energy bills are applied along with solutions for correcting incorrect bills for household users were also presented in detail. According to an analysis presented by the chairman of the National Consumer Protection Authority, over two million electricity supply bills have already been recalculated, over 450 incorrect billing notifications have been taken over and fines of more than 600,000 lei have been imposed following verifications. Another 101 checks are still in progress, and checks will be carried out of all business operators supplying electricity and gas.

The electricity and natural gas suppliers have agreed on the new measures announced by the Government to offset and cap prices, while also committing themselves to sustained efforts to avoid the recurrence of future incorrect billing problems. At the same time, the suppliers pledged to cancel and reissue the incorrect bills issued so far, saying that the ones already paid for will be deducted from the next bills.

Attending on the part of the Government were: Minister of Energy Virgil Popescu, Secretary-General of the Government Marian Neacsu, Head of the PM Chancellery Mircea Abrudean, Secretary of State at the Finance Ministry Daniela Pescaru, representatives of the PM Chancellery.

Discussions were also attended by members of the Federation of Associations of Energy Utility Companies (ACUE which represents the most important groups in the field of electricity and natural gas) Eric Stab, chairman of ACUE, Chairman & CEO ENGIE Romania and CEO ENGIE for Eastern Europe Carlo Pignoloni, CEO & Country Manager Enel Romania Volker Raffel, CEO E.ON Romania, member of ACUE Board Corina Popescu, CEO Electrica S.A., Vice –Chairman of Euroelectric, member of ACUE Board Federation Ondřej Šafář, CEO of CEZ Romania, Vice-Chairman of ACUE Federation Daniela Dărăban, Executive Director of ACUE Federation.

Attending were also: Zoltan Nagy-Bege, vice- chairman of ANRE, Mihai Culeafă, chairman of ANPC, Bogdan Nicolae Badea, chairman of Hidroelectrica, Aristotel Marius Jude, executive member of Romgaz, Cosmin Ghiță, general manager of Nuclearelectrica, Daniel Burlan, chairman of Oltenia Energy Complex, Gabriel Andronache, chairman of Transelectrica, Ion Sterian, Director General of Transgaz, Niculae Havrileț, Director General of Electricity Distribution Romania, representatives of the Competition Council.

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